1Xtra’s A.Dot launches Mixital animation tool

A.Dot has launched a new tool as part of her regular Trashbag Tuesday feature in which she invites fans to vent about the things that annoy them.

From today, fans can illustrate their frustrations by creating and publishing animations on to the BBC’s new creativity website Mixital and then share them with friends on social media. A.Dot will showcase the best submissions on her show.

The animation tool requires no technical skills to use. Users can quickly create a wide variety of dramatic stories using characters like BBC 1Xtra DJ Charlie Sloth, a waste collector, an old man, a teacher and A.Dot herself.

A.Dot says: “It’s really exciting to launch the Trashbag Tuesday animation maker on my show. This is a really innovative project and it will inspire young people to get creative. The best part is that it was designed and built with the help of the BBC Mixital youth panel – this is a great example of the BBC helping young people to develop their digital skills.”

Mixital is a new digital platform for teenagers to get creative with some of the BBC’s best-known brands and programmes like EastEnders, BBC Three and Strictly. It’s part of the BBC’s mission to boost the digital skills of young people. It’s designed to be a safe, fun space to experiment, build confidence and showcase work publicly.

Martin Wilson, Head of Digital Creativity, BBC Design and Engineering, says: “We’ve seen the appetite of BBC audiences to get creative digitally with our best-loved brands. The Mixital Youth Panel now takes this a step further by actually building a digital tool to help others get creative. It’s a digital product built by young people for young people.”

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